The original Honda NSX was a fan favourite and it was a dark day for many in 2005 when Honda announced that the sports car would be discontinued. But now, six years later, those same fans have a glimmer of hope that one day soon this nameplate will rise up from the dead.
The NSX saviour comes in the form of new Honda president Takanobu Ito who is busy attempting to revive some of Honda’s performance image. And if his recent comments prove true the automaker will get a new flagship sports car.
Ito knows the NSX well from earlier in his career when he helped develop its aluminum body. He claims that the next Honda sports car won’t try to achieve Ferrari levels of grunt, but instead aim for an excellent power-to-weight ratio and high efficiency.
The original Honda NSX, sold from 1990 to 2005, weighed around 1350kg and produced 216kW – a power-to-weight ratio that still holds up well today. The NSX mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout also made it an enjoyable steer and gave it supercar-caliber dynamics combined with unrivaled reliability.
If the next-gen NSX does enter into development it won’t be for the first time. Back in 2007 Honda teased fans with a possible NSX replacement in its Advanced Sports Car Concept (pictured) shown at the Detroit Motor Show. Then in 2008 there was a V-10-powered sports machine that was scheduled for production, only to be canceled when the global recession hit. Since then a smaller, lighter, NSX replacement vehicle has been spotted testing on Germany’s Nurburgring. So who really knows what’s happening.
Hopefully with new Honda CEO Takanobu Ito on the job, soon these NSX rumours will become reality.